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Karmanos Cancer Center

Karmanos Cancer Center

Detroit, US   |   Accreditation: none listed 

 4100 John R

Detroit, Michigan 48201





The Karmanos Cancer Institute is a unique,
urban-based integrated center of research,
patient care and education, dedicated to the
prevention, early detection, treatment and
eventual eradication of cancer.

Backed by state-of-the-science cancer research conducted right here in Detroit, the Center is the only hospital that focuses solely on cancer in Michigan. Teams of cancer experts diagnose patients with world-class precision and compassionate care.

We work with hundreds of doctors to arrange for care convenient for patients and families. Together, our cancer teams and your doctor can recommend the best treatment options with immediate access to the latest cancer-fighting drugs and therapies.

After thoroughly reviewing your case, we outline and explain your options which may include one or more of the following therapies at the same time or in progression:

– Chemotherapy: Intravenous or oral drugs.
– Radiation Therapy: High-energy beams or radioactive pellets.
– Surgery: The physical removal of a tumor or lesion.
– Biological Therapy or Immunotherapy: The body’s own defenses, the immune system.
– Hormonal Therapy: To create or cause a response in the body to fight cancer.
– Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant: High doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation to kill cancer cells followed by healthy bone marrow or stem cells which come from either from you (autologous) or from a donor (allogeneic). The “transplant” helps the immune system and bone marrow to recover from the drugs and/or radiation.
– Research Studies or Clinical Trials:New therapies, new combinations of therapies, or new sequences of therapies are constantly researched to help patients live longer and/or better. If you are eligible for a study and are interested in participating, you will need to sign a consent form. Your doctor will explain clinical trials more fully and answer your questions.
– Symptom Management: Medicine and nursing care to help alleviate side effects of the cancer or its treatment, such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, shortness of breath or pain. Also help patients and family members to cope during the treatment and recovery process. 
– Complementary Therapies: Sometimes used to help prevent and treat symptoms. We encourage you to openly talk about any complementary therapies you are using or considering using with your health care team.
– Hospice: A program that provides support and care for terminally ill persons and their families by addressing their physical, social, emotional, and spiritual concerns.

The goal of treatment may be to cure or control cancer or its symptoms. If a cure is possible, you may be treated aggressively. You may have some uncomfortable side effects.


Karmanos Primary Treatment Locations:

– Karmanos Cancer Center
Inpatient suites, Phase I area, bone marrow/stem cell transplant and pheresis unit and lab

– Gershenson Radiation Oncology Center
Radiation therapy, neutron therapy, brachytherapy, Gamma Knife, TomoTherapy

– Harper Professional Office Building
Medical records, Physician Offices, Volunteer Administration, Information Technology, Same Day Surgeries

– Walt Comprehensive Breast Center
Breast cancer screening and diagnostics, mammograms

– Wertz Clinic
Outpatient treatment, multidisciplinary clinics, patient and family education and support services

- Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center
Outpatient radiation & chemotherapy, complementary therapy, supportive care


The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center provides the most advanced cancer care in:

– Prevention, Screening & Detection
– Second Opinions & Multidisciplinary Teams
– Treatment
– Complementary & Supportive Care